heres a preemptive thank you to anybody who takes the time to read all this, and offers advice. i'm very grateful for any help i can get i've been recording hip hop vocals for almost 8 years, and have yet to find a sound im satisfied with. probably from a lack of knowledge and research if you want, you can hear a recording example here http://www.myspace.com/mistereaz. "Peaceful Harmony" was done on my current set up. i record on a Sterling ST55 mic($150), which runs to a M-Audio FireWire Solo($200) which runs to my PC. i listed prices to give a relative quality estimate. i use Adobe Audition to mix. i have the Diamond Wav Bundle, and my mixing consists of adding the "comp - presence exciter" compression setting, boosting the mids and highs to 2 or 3, then cutting the lows about -2...no reverb, no limiting, no noise reduction....i record in a 12x14 room with no booth or foam at all i generally record one layer of main vocals, and then 1 or 2 layers of overdubs(layering on specific words for emphasis).....i magnify in multi track and align each layer to the main vocals. and thats pretty much it. ive heard alot of tips and critique like "record more layers" "build a vocal booth" "buy mattress egg crate and section off a corner of the room" . i've had a few equipment upgrade suggestions too, preamps/mbox's/better mic's, but they were from amature artists as well....i dont want to spend more money if i can get great sound with better mixing!! . i'd like to get some advice from pro's for once, or at least people who have more experience. once again thank you to anybody who drops any advice or help, its appreciated!